Congressman Payne, Jr. Honored For Support of National Parks

Congressman Payne, Jr. Honored For Support of National Parks

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). This award recognizes Payne, Jr.’s votes during the 113th Congress that contributed to the protection and enhancement of America’s national parks.

NPCA’s Friend of the National Parks Award was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues. This year, NPCA tracked votes for three national park-related votes in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives. To receive the award, senators needed to vote in favor of national parks on at least two scored bills and representatives on at least three scored bills.

Payne, Jr. earned a 100 percent score from the NPCA for supporting, among other measures, $398 million for the National Park Service to rebuild parks and historic treasures and $360 million to better rebuild coastal habitat and infrastructure in national parks and refuges after Hurricane Sandy.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Friend of the National Parks Award, especially since it is awarded by the leading voice for our national parks,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “America’s national parks are reflections of our shared history, and they inspire us to continuously strive for progress. I look forward to continuing our work to preserve and enhance these treasured parks so that they can be experienced by every generation and continue to generate local economic growth.”

“It’s an honor to recognize Congressman Payne, Jr. for supporting our national parks on the floor of the House during the 113th Congress,” said NPCA President and CEO Clark Bunting. “As the 114th Congress works on policies and funding levels impacting our national parks, I look forward to working with Congressman Payne, Jr. to ensure national parks have safe roadways, are well maintained, and have the resources they need to thrive for their upcoming centennial.”